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Talking to Your Doctor About Viral Upper Respiratory Infections (Colds and Influenza)
You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors and/or experience with viral upper respiratory infections (colds and influenza). By talking openly and regularly with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
Specific Questions to Ask Your Healthcare Provider
About Your Risk of Developing Complications
About Treatment and Prevention Options
About Your Outlook
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Fauci AS, Braunwald E, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 14th ed. New York, NY: The McGraw-Hill Companies; 2000.
Last reviewed October 2012 by Brian Randall, MD
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